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Frontline Afghanistan The Devil's Playground

Frontline Afghanistan The Devil's Playground

Author: Mike Ryan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2010

In the nine years since the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan has rarely been out of the news. Over a thousand coalition military fatalities have been reported, and many times that number of Afghan civilians. The country is in the process of rebuilding, and yet the fighting continues. Following the success of his previous book, Battlefield Afghanistan, Mike Ryan looks at the state of this war-ravaged nation as Barack Obama finally decides to escalate America's military presence. He considers the current role of coalition troops and the progress being made, or not being made - more than 100 British troops died in Afghanistan in 2009, the highest death toll for any year since the mission began in October 2001 - things are getting worse, not better. The author has unrivalled access not only to commanding officers, but also to the `boots on the ground'. With more than 200 colour photographs and analysis of the situation from those actually doing the fighting, Frontline Afghanistan may help the reader to make up his or her mind about the legitimacy of the conflict and the possible way forward.

The Battle of the Frontiers: Ardennes 1914

The Battle of the Frontiers: Ardennes 1914

Author: Terence Zuber Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/11/2009

Like the Battle of Verdun, the Battle of the Frontiers has often been ignored by military historians, who assumed that the French lost the first battles of the World War I because they launched suicidal bayonet charges against German machine guns. Therefore, for nearly a century, these battles have been considered uninteresting. In reality, these were some of the most important, hard-fought and instructive battles of the First World War. The Battle of the Frontiers is the first history of this battle in English and is based on ground-breaking research conducted in French and German army archives. It also makes use of neglected French and German books and articles, as well as German regimental histories, and includes personal accounts by participants such as Manfred von Richthofen (when he was still a cavalry lieutenant) and the young Erwin Rommel. Terence Zuber here presents a dramatic new perspective on combat in 1914.

The First Schleswig-Holstein War 1848-50

The First Schleswig-Holstein War 1848-50

Author: Nick Svendsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2009

1848 was a turbulent but momentous time in Europe. Within this context, the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein were caught between the rising nationalism and desire for unification of the Prussian/German nation states and the traditional alliances with the Danish Kingdom. The Schleswig Holsteiners decided that allegiance with the German Federation, including possessing their own constitution, was the best way forward. They rebelled against the Danish and looked to the Prussians with their greater military prowess for help. In Denmark, as in other European countries, the call for a democratic constitution caused social disturbance, triggered initially by the February riots in Paris. The Danish monarchy, in crisis, both constitutionally and in terms of monarchical succession continued to lay claim on their southernmost duchies and sent their armed forces to destroy the Schleswig-Holstein insurgents. The author describes the battles and battlefields upon which this crisis was played out: from the first major action at Bov (9 April, 1848) to the last major battles of the war. This is a well-researched and well-illustrated study, including four pages of colour uniform plates. About the Author Nick Svendsen is a well-respected military historian with a specialist interest in the 19th Century Danish Wars. This is his first book.

The Franco-Prussian War 1870-71 Volume 2 After Sedan. Helmuth Von Moltke and the Defeat of the Government of National Defence

The Franco-Prussian War 1870-71 Volume 2 After Sedan. Helmuth Von Moltke and the Defeat of the Government of National Defence

Author: Quintin Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2009

Barry's work stands alongside those of Howard and Wawro for anyone with a serious interest in the Franco-Prussian War... NY Military Affairs Symposium Review In the second part of this comprehensive all-new two-volume military history of the Franco-Prussian War, the author continues his narrative from the fall of the Second Empire until the ending of the war, and the founding of a unified Germany. The war against the Government of National Defence presented quite different problems to von Moltke and his staff. Although the Siege of Paris loomed large during the second phase of the war, the author fully explores events in other parts of France, including the siege of Strasbourg, the activities of the Francs Tireurs, the investment of Metz, and the battle against the French armies of the Loire, the North, and the East. The author has made full use of an extensive number of German and French language sources. His detailed text is accompanied by a number of black and white illustrations and battle maps. Orders of battle are also provided. About the Author Quintin Barry is married and lives in Sussex. He is a solicitor, specialising in employment law. Throughout his professional career he has maintained his lifelong interest in military and naval history. He has made a special study of the period from 1848 to 1871, with particular reference to the Wars of German Unification.

The Franco-Prussian War 1870-71 Volume 1 The Campaign of Sedan. Helmuth Von Moltke and the Overthrow of the Second Empire

The Franco-Prussian War 1870-71 Volume 1 The Campaign of Sedan. Helmuth Von Moltke and the Overthrow of the Second Empire

Author: Quintin Barry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2009

Barry's work stands alongside those of Howard and Wawro for anyone with a serious interest in the Franco-Prussian War... NY Military Affairs Symposium Review In the first part of this comprehensive all-new two-volume military history of the Franco-Prussian War, Quintin Barry presents a detailed account of the war against the French Imperial Army waged by the armies of the German Confederation, directed by that supreme military mind, Helmuth von Moltke. The author places Moltke and his strategic planning in the context of the European balance of power following the ending of the Austria Prussian War of 1866, before exploring the initial mobilisation and deployment of the armies in 1870. All of the battles of this opening round of the war are described in detail, including Weissenburg, Worth, Spicheren, Borny-Colombey, Mars la Tour, Gravelotte, Beaumont and, of course, Sedan. The book ends as the Second Empire of Napoleon III lies defeated, crushed by the German armies directed by von Moltke. The author has made full use of an extensive number of German and French language sources. His detailed text is accompanied by a number of black and white illustrations and battle maps. Orders of battle are also provided. About the Author Quintin Barry is married and lives in Sussex. He is a solicitor, specialising in employment law. Throughout his professional career he has maintained his lifelong interest in military and naval history. He has made a special study of the period from 1848 to 1871, with particular reference to the Wars of German Unification.

The Spanish Armada: A Campaign in Context

The Spanish Armada: A Campaign in Context

Author: Rupert Matthews Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2009

In this, the fourth book of Spellmount's Campaign in Context series, Rupert Matthews looks to the ill-fated invasion of England by King Philip II of Spain. The Armada of 22 warships and 108 converted merchant vessels sailed under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia in 1588, but found itself harried by storms, fireships, and the redoubtable English fleet. In The Spanish Armada, Rupert Matthews considers the characters of the commanders such as Francis Drake, Medina, and the opposing monarchs, and as with his previous titles in the series he carefully balances the evidence from textual sources with knowledge of the theatre and reconstructed weaponry in order to explain the events of the battle to the general reader, and the context in which it took place.

Men of Steel: the Ardennes & Eastern Front 1944-45

Men of Steel: the Ardennes & Eastern Front 1944-45

Author: Michael Reynolds Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2009

Much has been written about Jochen Peiper, though it is unlikely he would have been heard of outside Germany but for the infamous massacre near Malmedy, Belgium, with which his name has been forever associated. Initially shunned and even despised in the years following Germany's surrender, Peiper is now revered and generally accepted as a brilliant solider. This meticulously researched book explores Peiper's youth, his career with the SS, the now famous trial of the officers and soldiers of the Leibstandarte, who were accused of war crimes, and Peiper's murder in France over thirty years later.

Battle of Loos

Battle of Loos

Author: Philip Warner Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/06/2009

Loos is a small mining town between Lens and La Bassee in northern France. But on 25th September 1915, and for a few days after, it was the centre of one of the most intense and bloody battles of the First World War. The casualties were appalling - about 60,000 of which the majority died on the first day. The main objective - a large-scale breakthrough - was not achieved although some 8,000 yards of enemy trench were captured and in some places their defences were penetrated up to two miles. Yet if the initial gains had been exploited the course of the war might have been different. If courage and determination could have won the day by themselves. Loos would have been a success. It is these qualities which Philip Warner's narrative reveals above all. For a large part of this story of Loos consists of survivors' own accounts and diaries of the time, including that of Sir John French. The author has traced survivors from all parts of the line, infantry, gunners and officers, and through their words has revealed one of the most horrific tales of war yet to be published as well as the determination and heroism that in the end turned the scales to victory.

Gas Attack: Ypres 1915

Gas Attack: Ypres 1915

Author: John Lee Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/06/2009

The mist of poisonous gas that drifted across no man's land from the German trenches opposite the Ypres salient on 22 April 1915 caused ghastly casualties and suffering among the unprepared defenders, and it opened up a huge seven-mile gap in the defensive line. It also signalled the beginning of a new and frightful era of industrialized warfare. John Lee's graphic and perceptive reassessment of this milestone in the history of the Great War - and of the gruelling full-scale battle that followed - is one of the few full-length studies of the event to have been published in recent times.

Walking Verdun A Guide to the Battlefield

Walking Verdun A Guide to the Battlefield

Author: Christina Holstein Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2009

On 21 February 1916 the German Fifth Army launched a devastating offensive against French forces at Verdun and set in motion one of the most harrowing and prolonged battles of the Great War. By the time the struggle finished ten months later, over 650,000 men had been killed or wounded or were missing, and the terrible memory of the battle had been etched into the histories of France and Germany. This epic trial of military and national strength cannot be properly understood without visiting, and walking, the battlefield, and this is the purpose of Christina Holstein's invaluable guide. In a series of walks she takes the reader to all the key points on the battlefield, many of which have attained almost legendary status - the spot where Colonel Driant was killed, the forts of Douaumont, Vaux and Souville, the Mort Homme ridge, and Verdun itself.

Lost Battles Reconstructing the Great Clashes of the Ancient World

Lost Battles Reconstructing the Great Clashes of the Ancient World

Author: Philip Sabin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/03/2009

Philip Sabin's book offers a unique and dynamic insight into ancient warfare, combining academic rigour with the accessibility of simulation gaming. Taking a new and innovative approach to the battles of antiquity, Phil Sabin draws together ancient evidence and modern scholarship to create a whole new means of examining the great clashes of the ancient world. Having developed a model to capture the movement and combat of the opposing armies we are able to actually interrogate the lessons of history. The book develops detailed 'scenarios' for individual battles such as Marathon and Cannae, to cast light on which particular interpretations of the ancient conflict are realistic. Readers can use the model to experiment for themselves by refighting engagements of their choice, tweaking the scenarios to accord with their own judgements of the evidence, trying out different tactics from those used historically and seeing how the battle then plays out.The book thus offers a unique dynamic insight into ancient warfare, combining academic rigour with the interest and accessibility of simulation gaming.

The Battle for Arnhem - Dutch

The Battle for Arnhem - Dutch

Author: Martin Marix Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2008

On 17 September 1944, during Operation Market Garden, the British Airborne Division was parachuted into the Netherlands to secure the bridge at Arnhem. This presents an account of the part that UK and US troops played in their fight against German soldiers stationed in and around the city, in the Battle for Arnhem which ended on 25 September.